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Local pledges made by Gatwick as it plans expansion

Local pledges made by Gatwick as it plans expansion
25 Jul 2014

A range of pledges have been revealed by Gatwick Airport, which are aimed at making sure the local community will benefit if another runway is created there.

These have been released as part of 'Connecting Britain to the Future, Faster', a Gatwick publication summarising its case for getting this second runway space for planes.

The airport is also challenging rival Heathrow to take on the same pledges, saying that a lot of them don't form a part of the other airport's own plans for expansion.

The new publication looks at how expanding Gatwick airport could bring about benefits such as a boost for the UK worth £90 million and 120,000 jobs.

In April to May of this year, Gatwick held a public consultation, which its new local pledges came out of. They are meant to tackle issues of particular importance to locals.

Among the pledges are a fund worth £3.75 million for the creation of local apprenticeships, various noise-related plans and a scheme whereby the few people whose homes would have to be bought for the work would get 25 per cent over market value for the properties.

Another example of a pledge is £46.5 million that would support local authorities in delivering community infrastructure.

"A second runway would create a £90billion boost to the UK. We are determined to be a good neighbour and not lose sight of the concerns of those communities close to home," said Stewart Wingate, the chief executive officer of Gatwick.

"We’ve listened to local people and have created a wide range of pledges to deliver improvements in many of the areas that matter to them most, from new jobs and housing, to business support and noise mitigation."

He said that the pledges are going to support Gatwick in keeping its promises to locals, and challenged Heathrow to match these "comprehensive local commitments" within their own plans for expansion.

Gatwick is the second biggest airport in the UK and at the moment the most efficient in the world operating with one runway.

It's full list of pledges in much more detail can be read in its new publication.ADNFCR-408-ID-801737800-ADNFCR

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